Antique Appraisal Day and more at Cave Creek Museum

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Cave Creek Museum is starting the New Year with several fun and educational events. On Sunday, January 8, the Museum will host a Family Fun Workshop, Catherine Jones, “A Pistol Packing Momma,” from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Catherine Jones was a deputy game warden in the 1920s. She homesteaded the 1,280 acre Cahava Ranch. She was an artist, a poetess, and the unofficial “Queen of Cave Creek” for almost half a century. The museum is grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Carefree for sponsoring the Family Fun Workshops.

On Saturday, January 14, the Stamp Mill will run at 1:30 p.m. followed by a special presentation, “A Hundred Years of Cave Creek: Part 1” from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. A Cave Creek resident for 58 years and a founding member of the town’s Mother’s Club, Beverly Metcalfe Brooks will share stories about Catherine Jones, Hube and Patsy Yates, George Mileham, Honky-Tonk Jack, Harold Gavagan, Frank and Hazel Wright and others.

sean morton Wondering what the worth of your vintage lamp or estate jewelry is? Meet with appraiser Sean Morton during Cave Creek Museum’s Antique Appraisal Day on Saturday, January 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During this museum fundraiser, Mr. Morton will examine treasures, discuss their origins, and assess their value. The fee is $20 per item – limit of two items per person per session. You may attend more than one session.

Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum’s executive director, said the Antique Appraisal Day event fits with the Museum’s goal of preserving history.
sean morton“Many of us have hidden treasures at home that may be worth more than we realize. It’s fun to discover the history behind each collectible,” Johnson said. “Having this event at the museum makes perfect sense since we work daily to preserve the history of our Desert Foothills community.”

Recent budget cuts have made it more challenging for the museum to fund its exhibits and programs, and Johnson said the museum is seeking sponsors to help fund exhibits for next year.

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“We welcome financial support, whether it’s sponsoring our upcoming Home and Garden Tour in March, being a sponsor for our educational Artifact of the Month exhibit, helping to maintain our Stamp Mill or just general support of the museum,” Johnson said.

Donations are also welcome and greatly appreciated. If you wish to donate online please visit To donate by mail, send your check to Cave Creek Museum, P.O. Box 1, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.

You can also show your support by becoming a member. An individual membership is $50 per year and the cost for a couple is only $75.

Located at 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. The museum hours are Wed., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For information, call (480) 488-2764, or visit